Magpies Want To Be Top Seven Team – Exciting Times Ahead

Mike Williamson has always been a very positive player, and in his interview today, he is  again very positive and has said that Newcastle want to be a top seven team, but that top six is out of our reach because of the budgets involved.

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Mike Ashley – top seven club?

That’s the first time we have heard that Newcastle wan to be a top seven team, but of course that may be perfect for Mike Ashley, because we don’t think Mike wants to compete in the Europa League, because it would be like the local cups,  and put pressure on our Premier League games.

The very last thing Ashley wants is for Newcastle to be relegated – remember that – and it even seems to explain a lot of the owner’s actions.

This is what Mike Williamson has said today in an interview with Shoot magazine:

“The strength of the league is phenomenal and I think if you look at the budgets we’re miles apart from the top teams, but it’s a target for the not too distant future because we’re looking to build every year.”

“We want to cement ourselves as a top-seven team, and the manager and everyone else is working so hard to make that a reality.” “He certainly has the right credentials. He’s come in and in terms of the teams, we have been building.”

“We’ve had some difficult periods over the last four or five years, but in terms of consistency, training discipline, structure and mentality, he’s the right man and there are exciting times ahead.”

“He’s a fantastic manager. He’s got a wealth of experience at every level and he’s the focal point of the club, so he is going to come in for criticism at a big club with the expectations we have.”

“People are entitled to their opinion because they come along and support the team.” “Sometimes it can be a bit fierce, but that’s the industry we are in, and we’re just trying to communicate that we’re trying all we can to get that win.”

“We’ve got the same goals as the fans and if it’s a case of blocking it out then that’s what we need to do.” “The manager has actively been trying to rectify this because we want St James’ Park to be a fortress.”

” It’s a fantastic stadium and the fans are incredibly loud.”

It’s not by accident that Mike mentions we want to be a top seven club, so that’s what Alan Pardew must be telling the players during his training and talks with the squad.

And we’re a little surprised there are exciting times ahead, and to think we were thinking we will have another hard and long season through next May, and even fighting relegation this season.

It’s something Alan Shearer even talked about yesterday.

But hey, we hope Mike’s right, and that we get an uptick in our results over the next few games.

If we can get away from the bottom of the table, we’d be a lot happier and a lot more relaxed too. :D.

What do you think?

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107 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    time to shut up mike

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh aye, the excitement is unbearable at times.

    Will Willo get to one of our free kicks, can we nick a draw, at what stage of the season will we finally get a win.

    Credentials? Come on Mike, it’s not April 1st yet. Here’s a wet towel, go wipe the brown of ya nose.

  • dannitoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Need top 7 players, manager and coaches

  • spitfire_

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4

    I want Mike’s drugs!

  • GeordieInSunderland

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Nice guy but someone who must wake up every morning just like Pardew and wonder how the hell he is associated with our club as neither are anywhere good enough.
    Mike makes me laugh every time it comes near him you’d think it was a hand grenade and he has 5 seconds to get rid of it

  • GeordieInSunderland

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry it should say every time the ball comes near him you’d think it was a hand grenade and he has 5 seconds to get rid of it.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Other than “fighting”, “trying hard” and “getting a bit of luck” will somebody ask these players and manager what they are actually doing in order to improve the poor form of the team. What are the coaches actually doing in reality?

    While at it, ask the manager why he is able to buck the trend of being relegated from this position. What is he able to do in reality?

    During the three full seasons AP has been at the club he has one good season followed by one bad season, but over all in a downward projection. 5th good, 16th(?) bad, 10th good, this year 21st?

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #8

    GeordieInHell…I think you’re forgetting Pardew has the credentials mate.

    Spitfire…Say no to drugs. Especially hallucinogenics, which clearly Mike can’t handle.

    “consistency, training discipline, structure and mentality” – Probably the 4 biggest gripes the fans have with Pardew, other than being Ashleys puppet…I feel a chronicle “5 reasons why” article coming on.

  • mindshaft

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Mikes surely talking about the incoming manager – it’s clear that he’s not talking about Pards.

  • Average_Contents

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    More PR guff I see.

    This must be like the 10th statement from players either backing the manager or saying we are ambitious….damn you international breaks. Perfect time to wheel out player after player spouting the same shite.

    I wonder if anyone’s catalogued how many statements have been made in the past few months? Must be approaching record breaking numbers for NUFC as this is unprecedented.

    Best of all, people still fall for it.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    “consistency” – ???!!! in terms of performance none and inspiring the respect of his players none (headbut).
    “training discipline” – strength, hard work and lots of running
    “structure” – a permanent fitness coach was only employed this season
    “mentality” – prevent the opposition scoring and try to nick a winning goal.

    No mention of working on technique, or improving the quality of the football and the dynamic of the team.

  • Sh1teDirectAtStJames

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Building a team in Premier League means splashing a good amount of that ridiculously immense tv-money on quality reinforcements, having your key players committed to your club and, coaching and managing the lot with objectives and long term strategy.

    Something we haven’t done for a little while now.

  • lesh

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    Surely Willo’s not so dense that he doesn’t see that we’re miles apart from the top teams’ budgets because that’s Ashley’s choice.

    By exploiting marketing opportunities or even having SD pay the going rate for its tatty promotions, and showing some ambition to win things, the possibilities are endless.

    It’s Ashley that’s holding the club back – the money’s there for the taking should he choose to compete for it.

    What’s going on at the training ground? Has Bullshit Bishop introduced communication (brain-washing)sessions into the programme?

    Wake up Willo, Bullshit Bishop’s feeding you the party line – stop being a puppet and concentrate on improving your defensive skills.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14

    Top 7?? Hahahahah.

    With him in the first team shows we are bottom 5 quality. BUT, the one to be blamed is Ashley and not pardew.

  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Cement is rather apt to Williamson as he looks like he is running with cement in his boots. If Ashley was seriously interested in the club being a top seven contender, which he isn’t, then players like Williamson plus his substandard boss would’ve been gone long ago.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16


    Trouble is this PR guff will actually back fire if the results don’t change, it will be shown to be a waste of energy and lacking in substance.

    Instead of focusing only on fire fighting and reacting to bad criticism there is an opportunity to improve the match day experience and create a better relationship with supporters and the local community. Something which would do far more to quell anger and stem protests.

    Off the top of my head: free flags, scarves, hats, rattles, balls; large banners, orchestrated singing, dedications, prize giving (awarding free entry for 3 consecutive matches); reserve players playing five a side prior to match day warm up; post match interviews played to the stadium; 5 min documentary on individual supporters match day.

    I am not a so called expert but I think these ideas are a lot better than hollow words from players who would have no place in a squad that was not managed by AP.

  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Apparently the difference between Oscar pistorius and Newcastle United is Oscar has a better defence and gets all his shots on target.

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #18

    I think you have to be a little realistic here, PR guru or no PR guru when a player is interviewed what do you expect him to say. “Yes the manager is tactically inept, the training poor, the owner is a tight wad and I expect us to be fighting relegation this season”. Somehow I don’t think so 🙂

  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    @18, I’d like Williamson to say I’ve enjoyed my time at the club, but I’m off to the championship where I feel at home.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    “Bullshit Bishop your full of dung,
    Bullshit Bishop pull the other one!”

    MA – liar; KB – liar; AP liar

  • hibbit

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #21

    mike williams has a contract with the club part of that contract is toe the party line the pr team dont care how daft it makes him look just get the party line out there

  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #22

    Who the hell wrote that speech for the worst defender in the league ?? Hhaahahahaah it stinks of a certain management company that have been drafted in to do pardews job for him . Complete and utter balls

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #23

    “We want to cement ourselves as a top-seven team”

    Why set a ceiling of 7th if you are going to be unrealistic.

    Pardew was talking about cracking the top 4 before the season started. Perhaps they are thinking it is a bit late for top 4, but 7th isn’t beyond grasp? It is so delusional it is actually quite funny.

    5 league wins in the calendar year, 2 of those wins by flukey injury time goals… but any day now folks. Good times ahead.

    Somebody sound a klaxon and wake these idiots up. They are in a dog fight for survival, and the form guide tells us they are going to lose this fight.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    What does anyone think of this for an idea? At the leicester game , have a mass walk on the pitch , head for the centre circle , sit down and refuse to get up until Ashley sacks pardew . We might get into a spot of bother but, wouldn’t it be worth it . The premier league will dock us points , we get relegated , Ashley sells the club , back to normal . Brilliant or what ?

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    I actually think Willo is a decent defender – if you watch him at the match he reads the game quite well and makes some timely interceptions. Others on here must think the same as he was voted player of the season. He is often left exposed by Colo who either misses a header or rushes out to the ball and misses a tackle. Admittedly his distribution is poor but all he has to do is give the ball to someone who can pick a pass.

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #26


    I agree with you that in an interview situation that a player is obliged to say the sorts of things that Willo has. However what he does not say is also revealing, which maybe attributed to a lack of deeper questioning from the interviewer (so often the case). I know that Sammys admission that he was practicing crossing raised a few eye brows, but does Willo actually practice improving his heading technique? When the team goes for a jog, do the coaches give them a ball each? After all dribbling round cones is surely more productive than an aimless limbering up. Listen to any ex-professional and they will happily tell about any different training technique that a coach created, I have not heard any thing like that about Pardew.

  • martoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Stuart @24 – Brilliant idea lets all get arrested, get a criminal record and lose our season tickets and our jobs!

  • 70TWO

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #28

    stuart no9

    You presume relegation will result in MA selling which I do not believe. IMO he will only sell when his valuation is met and he needs to make the club more profitable to attract the right potential new owner.

  • davetoon

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    This new tv money will sink us even further as other teams will spend it improving their sides while the FCB is busy pocketing it.

  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #30

    The third rate set pieces that consists of the cart horse Williamson trying and ultimately failing to win a header are the most embarrassing to watch and it’s a great example of the substandard Pardew at work.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #31

    The club needs to get rid of “reality checks” ( who feeds the players this drivel- Pardew ? ) and replace it with a “winning mentality” – that doesn’t guarantee that we or anyone else for that matter has a divine right to win just that at least we believe that everything is winnable. Sport is not about planning to be second, third or fourth or fifth or sixth or seventh its about aiming to be first.
    Follow the example of Lewis Hamilton, the Ryder Cup Team, British Lions, Andy Murray and our athletes and swimmers in all aspects of the Olympics. Imagine going to the Olympics planning to settle for fourth place which is a no medal position – why bother.
    NUFC needs some motivated coaches, owner, players, and manager .
    I bet at least the tea lady serves hot tea – after all cold tea is not what its about , is it Alan ?

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #32

    I have no problem with the usual remarks coming out… “We are working hard to change things.” “We believe we are improving all the time.” “The results have not been good enough, but we will force better results in the coming weeks.”

    What should not be coming out of the club, in the current plight, is talking about life in 7th place. It just sounds ridiculous & condescending.

  • estechco

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    I’ve got a lot of time for “honest” Mike Williamson, but it truly is a sad day when the club are relying on him to do their PR work.

  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #34

    The Williamson leap was used to great effect by Andy Carroll, who could actually head a football and then by Demba Ba, another one good in the air, but the idiot Pardew has some how deluded himself that Williamson can operate in the role.

  • Novocastrian66

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #35

    With you all the way there Stu, well, up to the point “at the Leicester game.” Sadly you’re idea went down hill from that point onwards.

  • stuart no9

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #36

    Martoon ——yeah that could happen . As I said ,we may get into a spot of bother , however , look at the plus side – Ashley might sell up ????

  • jayphoto

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    I find it very odd that its not the captain they are wheeling out to talk to the fans. Williamson has done these interviews numerous times. Just antagonises fans as his own performances this season and the second half of last season have been very poor!
    Im sure Kevin Bishop is good at his job but he should know no fan will take what a player says seriously whilst hes employed by the club! They should focus on promoting to the hilt things that will get us on board rather than lying and addressing the things that piss us off which is only acheivable by the removal of the manager

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #38

    Seems as though Mike is deluded like the rest of the team.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39


  • mag92

    Oct 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Invading the pitch, when only a few could be bothered to hold the sack Pardew posters up at the Hull City game. When it comes to protesting Nufc, isn’t United!


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